The Pulitzer Prize winners for 2013 have been announced and do include a winner for the Fiction category after no award was presented in 2012.
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents – it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings. He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea. He knows he must find his true love, Sun Moon, the greatest opera star who ever lived, before it’s too late. He knows he’s not like the other prisoners in the camp. He’s going to get out soon. Definitely.
Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
This monumental history asks the simple question: How did we end up in a war in Vietnam? To answer that question Fredrik Logevall traces the forty-year path that led us from World War I to the first American casualties in 1959.
The Black Count traces the almost unbelievable life of the man who inspired not only Monte Cristo, but all three of the Musketeers: Alexander Dumas’s own father.
Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds’ Stag’s Leap tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom. In this wise and intimate telling – which carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending – Sharon Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that comes when we are no longer standing in love’s sight; the surprising physical passion that still exists between a couple during parting; the loss of everything from her husband’s smile to the set of his hip.
Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in a case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, Gilbert King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader.